April 20: Monday of the Second Week of Easter

John La Farge, Visit of Nicodemus to Christ, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., 1880

Gospel: John 3: 1-8

The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit (NRSV, John 3:8).’

Let us Pray.

Father, from that moment in our mother’s womb when we became physically capable of recognizing you and receiving you, then for the first time we experienced the wind of your Spirit, present in your Word, blowing over us, bestowing on us a share in your divine life and calling us to grow in that life.

Even when, in the moment, we say “yes,” Father, and accept the gift, it is never the end. Your Word remains ever-present to us in the power of the Spirit, summoning us to let go of what we have become up to that moment to become something new and unexpected.

How gracious you are to us, Father, for you never abandon us, even in our deepest sin, but your Word is always there offering forgiveness and calling us to repentance. Your Spirit is always blowing over us so that every moment is truly saving.

During these days, Father we celebrate the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. May we recognize that with Jesus we too are resurrected even from the first moment of our lives. May we be ever faithful to the power of the resurrection given to us in the Word through the power of your Holy Spirit.

Alleluia. Amen.

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